Help us solve the COVID puzzle


Help us solve the COVID-19 puzzle

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We’re getting close to our target

Since we launched our study in May 2020, we have been overwhelmed with the response from you. Thousands of people have now volunteered to take part in the study and we are hugely thankful to everyone who has registered.

For us to be able to deliver meaningful scientific outcomes, it is absolutely crucial to our study that volunteers with mild symptoms who were not hospitalised with COVID-19 match closely in age and ethnicity to those who were severely affected and ended up in intensive care. We are looking for volunteers from ethnic minority backgrounds in particular, to match patients who joined the study from intensive care units across the country.

If you would like to take part, you can do so here.

Who is GenOMICC?

GenOMICC is a group of doctors and scientists who are working together to find out why people end up needing intensive care. Together, they use blood samples to sequence and analyse DNA for the NHS. The GenOMICC consortium is led by the University of Edinburgh and is working in partnership with Genomics England to analyse the whole genome sequences of people who were severely affected by COVID-19 and compare with those who only had it mildly.

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Could you be a match?

We need to find up to 15,000 people who tested positive for Covid-19 and had mild or moderate COVID symptoms to volunteer to take part in our study. This includes people who had a positive result but no symptoms at all.

Ideally, we need those people who were mildly affected to closely match the age and ethnicity of people who were severely affected.

Since so many of those with severe reactions were people from ethnic minority backgrounds, we currently only need volunteers from these groups.

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Take part in the research

If you had a positive test for COVID-19 and think you can help us with our study, then please take our eligibility survey and register to take part.

  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Are you over 18?
  • Do you live in the UK?
Help us solve the puzzle together.
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